Tokyo

Tokyo

A megalopolis with its heart firmly in the future

Tokyo makes a bold first impression. It’s the frenetic, neon-clad megalopolis with a cacophonous street scene and station staff paid to stuff commuters into trains. It’s a city of sensory overload in which trends appear and disappear faster than anyone can track. But it’s also a remarkably harmonious and safe destination where everything runs on time. Tokyo is a great gourmet destination and has plenty to offer fans of design, anime, technology or art. In other words, it’s one of the new must-see cities of the world.

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Top Highlights in Tokyo

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Outside the Asakusa Kannon Temple
Attraction
4.9
Fortune and good luck will follow you
Museum
5.0
Explore Tokyo’s past and learn how it became a modern...
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Attraction
4.0
Dedicated to Emperor Meiji
Mori Art Museum
Museum
4.9
A world-class art museum in the sky
Museo d'Arte Ghibli
Museum
4.0
A bit different from other museums
National Art Center Tokyo
Art Gallery
5.0
A national art museum with architecture as dazzling as the exhibits.
Shibuya
Attraction
4.0
Welcome to Tokyo's teenage fun park
Shinagawa Aquarium
Attraction
4.0
Walk under the sea
Shinjuku Gyoen
Attraction
4.0
An example of Japanese westernization
Tokyo Dome
Entertainment
5.0
"The Big Egg"
Tokyo National Museum
Museum
5.0
Home of an immense Japanese art collection
A father and child play at Ueno Park
Attraction
4.0
A one stop sightseeing location
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Neighborhoods in Tokyo

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Bunkyō

Students, culture and entertainment
Bunkyō: University of Tokyo campus
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Bunkyō is known for its many universities, including the prestigious University of Tokyo, all of which give the neighborhood a young vibe, with students walking down the slopes, and families enjoying the lush parks and gardens. The “Capital of Culture”, Bunkyō doesn’t disappoint in terms of entertainment: this is the site of the Tokyo Dome, with its mall, amusement park, bowling alley, and off-track betting center. And if you want history, there’s plenty to see as well.

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Chiyoda

The center of Japan
Yasukuni jinja, Chiyoda
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The site of the Imperial Palace, Japan’s seat of power, Chiyoda is the epitome of Tokyo’s beauty and appeal. The Imperial Gardens invite travelers from all over the world with their impeccable landscape, and free entrance. The Yasukuni Shrine, another free attraction, gets crowded in the cherry blossom season, and the National Theatre of Japan performs traditional arts. There’s still room for shopping and fine dining here, and you can spend days exploring the wonders of the small Chiyoda.

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Chūō

Tokyo's shopping mecca
Wako store in Ginza
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Chūō is the shopping mecca for both travelers and residents. Ginza is synonymous with wealth, glamor and all things premium, with numerous department stores, and boutiques selling the finest of anything. The neighborhood is home to restaurants that serve the very best Japanese food. Some of the city’s great culture with the leading kabuki theater, and countless art galleries can be found here as well. And let’s not forget Asia’s largest fish market, Tuskiji.

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Minato

Nightlife and luxury central
Minato: Roppongi at night
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Minato is where most of the foreign travelers go for a wild night out. The ward’s Roppongi districts boasts a number of nightclubs, entertainment complexes, baths and spas, as well as high-end hotels, some of the city’s best art museums, and some of its finest restaurants. ‘Cities-within-a-city’ Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown both offer stylish, sophisticated experiences, while the rest of the area goes about its debauchery undeterred.

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Shibuya

Tokyo's teenage fun park
Worlds largest pedistrian
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Shibuya boasts the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing, a giant shopping center, with gargantuan video screens playing pop music, and the youngest of the Tokyo crowds looking for the hippest fashion accessories. Shibuya has it all: shops, bars, restaurants, clubs, karaoke boxes, cinemas and plenty more – all of it cheap, cheerful, gaudy and fun. Leave your pretensions in the hotel room and dive into the youthful heart of the city.

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Shinjuku

Tokyo's busiest district
Shinjuku
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Shinjuku offers a bit of everything for everyone. From high-end fashion boutiques, to bargain outlet stores, the seat of the metropolitan government is an ideal neighborhood for the budget conscious travelers as well. Between its skyscrapers and neon-clad high rises you’ll find cozy little bars, and the most salacious red light district. Last, but not least, the world’s busiest train station is also here, which explains the crowds.

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Taitō

The heart of Old Tokyo
Taitō: Asakusa Kannon
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For travelers, Taitō is the ideal spot to experience Tokyo at its most authentic. A neighborhood where old temples harmonize with new high rises, Taitō has something for everyone. Young crowds hang around Bunkyō’s University of Tokyo, while shoppers stroll down Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street full of traditional, quirky little shops. Romantics and artists can be found in Ueno, Tokyo’s best-known cherry blossom viewing spot, while history buffs take in the temples of Asakusa.

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